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Rumor: Nintendo Switch to be $249 in US, Reddit mods verify leaker’s credentials

A report came out earlier today via Reddit that Best Buy was listing the Nintendo Switch for $249 in their system. While it could still be wrong, Reddit's mods have verified that the leaker would have access to this information leading credibility to this report.

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Neonridr554d ago

That is a really good launch price for Nintendo. This thing should sell very well at that price point.

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nowitzki2004554d ago

Im definitely getting one for my son, if this rumor is true that will be great for my wallet.

WickedLester554d ago (Edited 554d ago )

Yes I'm definitely getting it for my "son" as well so "he" can enjoy Zelda. ;-)

nowitzki2004554d ago

@Wicked lol. Yeah thats why I am getting it as well for my son.. So that "HE" can enjoy Zelda. "HE" Cant wait.

City1979554d ago

@AKR So it's portable then, like a laptop.

indysurfn553d ago

@WickedLester ROFL!!! I feel you........But I have to be honest. I'm getting one DAY ONE FULL PREPAY so no one can jump in front of me. And I'm getting from gamestop because they get a actual garantee of machines and no other vendor pays to have that.

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yeahokwhatever553d ago

The 3DS launched at 249 as well. I don't think "really good" is quite accurate. The Wii launched at 249 as well, the Wii was not pushing the graphical envelope and neither is the Switch. 249 is exactly what I expected for a device like this from Nintendo. I don't suspect we'll see another non-handheld from Nintendo ever again.

Neonridr553d ago (Edited 553d ago )

you think $249 is too high then? I wonder what you would deem as "really good". Why not sell it for $99 right?

This thing is many times more powerful than the 3DS and could possibly come with a game. $249 is an excellent starting off point.

yeahokwhatever553d ago

It's my opinion, given the hardware, given the year, given the price of other things, I think 249 is acceptable/expected. 199 would be "really good", and anything lower would be "great". The Shield, which this thing basically is(I know, this one's "special" blah blah), goes for 249. I expect the same-ish thing going for 249 under a different name to be "acceptable", yes. If Nintendo makes a game store like the google play store, and opens it up to devs like android, then its an AMAZING value. That's not going to happen though, so again, 249 is acceptable.

deafdani553d ago (Edited 553d ago )

Wii was released in 2006 at $250. Adjusted to inflation, that price would equate to $299.30 today.

Also, 3DS did horribly at its initial $250 price point. Nintendo had to slash its price to $170 barely 7 months after its launch, along with launching a plethora of good games. It was only then that the tides turned for the 3DS.

Vita was much more powerful than 3DS and launched at $250 as well. Consumer perception regarding the Vita's launch price was great. Everyone thought it was a superb price for the specs of that machine. Ultimately, a lot of people were turned off by the hidden cost of the propietary memory cards, which was quite high (and was one of the responsible factors for its failure in the market).

In terms of power, Switch is in another whole other level compared to the Vita. Vita was somewhere between PS2 and Xbox 360. Switch is somewhere between Wii U (which is more powerful than PS3) and Xbox One.

So, if Switch effectively launches at $250, and doesn't have any hidden costs like Vita did, consumers will be pretty happy with that price.

zombiewombie553d ago

It really is, but dont ever expect a price cut for it.

XanderZane553d ago

Really good price, but will still wait and see what games they actually get for the system. This will definitely be a step up from the 3DS portable.

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Abash554d ago (Edited 554d ago )

If this includes a pack in game like Splatoon then this will sell like wildfire at that price

vergilxx3554d ago

no way it includes a packed in game , there should be a splatoon bundle but not for $249

Spenok554d ago

Yeah probably for $300, but not $250.

christocolus554d ago

Nice. I hope this is true. Looking forward to the January event.

Moonman554d ago

They could still pack a game in at this price for at least early adopters. Splatoon maybe at $249 and Zelda bundle around $299.

_-EDMIX-_554d ago

I think they could easily pack in Splatoon for free or Mario Kart 8 for free if you consider their ports.

Of course they would have to charge for something like Zelda breath of the wild considering it's a brand new game but they're older titles I think they could do pretty find simply packing them in especially if you factor they're going to make their money back by selling the game separately to not bundled versions.

I'm pretty positive they will make their return back on those ports

Moonman554d ago (Edited 554d ago )

There was a rumor saying they might provide free upgrades to previous owners of Splatoon and Mario Kart 8 but take that with a grain of salt. I gotta have whatever they have added to

_-EDMIX-_554d ago

@moon- unless they purchased it as a digital option and they have an account system that basically runs across all the platforms that is extremely unlikely.

Moonman554d ago (Edited 554d ago )

@EDMIX- That's what I was thinking. Well if you bought the DLC, which many did that would show you own it too right?

MecheSlays554d ago

MK8 is supposed to have 24 more tracks. Woooooo

_-EDMIX-_554d ago

@moon- correct but that was also technically mean only the people that purchased the DLC would technically get the free voucher.

deafdani554d ago

Man, I remember when we got our first NES back in the day, bundled with Super Mario Bros / Duck Hunt, 2 controllers, and the Zapper gun.

Those were the days. Now we're lucky if a console comes bundled with an extra shitty game bundled on it by dafault.

Here's hoping they have a basic bundle at $250 including the Switch, joycon grip and dock and a Wii U port. I would get one bundled with Splatoon in a heartbeat (I never played it).

But this $250 price, if true, is most likely for just the console and dock. Maybe joycon grip as well.

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